About Our Program

A Window Into the Future

At Spark, we believe that all students deserve to be engaged in their educational journey and inspired to succeed. We also recognize the critical correlation between educational engagement and future achievement. Research shows us that many students in the middle grades struggle to see the connection between what they are learning in school and their future - often creating a disconnect and lack of interest in their education.

That's why Spark is committed to creating opportunities specifically designed for students in the middle grades - opportunities that forge the gap between what they are learning in the classroom and what they dream to accomplish later in life. We recognize the middle school years as a critical time of development for exploration, inspiration, and learning to help students stay connected to and fuel their dreams.

The Possibility Movement is at the forefront of equipping students with the social-emotional skills, social capital tools, and inspiration to begin their secondary school career and beyond on the strongest footing.

Our Program Components

Understand What’s Possible

Exploration

Seventh graders participate in Spark Labs, or on-site workshops, hosted by local companies. Employee volunteers guide students through group activities that build skills and expand awareness of career options – and have a lot of fun while they are doing it!

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Experience What’s Possible

Immersion

Spark connects 7th-grade students with volunteer mentors based on common interests and skills for Workplace-Based Mentorships. Throughout a 13-week partnership, Spark Students and Mentors work together to complete a project related to their career aspirations.

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Make Possibility Real

Transition

Spark offers High School Pathways and Ninth Grade Support to 8th and 9th grade students so they can take action and feel equipped with the knowledge and resources to make the possibilities they’ve experienced real.

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Spark works collaboratively with the following partners, experts and organizations to support students in the middle grades.